IAEA Says There´s ´No Progress´ After Talks with Iran (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 06/09/12)
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The UN’s nuclear watchdog and Iran failed on Friday to agree a deal
allowing greater access to Tehran´s contested nuclear program.
“There has been no progress,” IAEA chief inspector Herman Nackaerts
was quoted by AFP as having announced late Friday, after all-day
talks with Iran´s envoy to the agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh and IAEA
deputy director general Rafael Grossi.
“This is disappointing,” Nackaerts said, reading out a prepared
statement at a joint briefing with the Iranian ambassador.
The International Atomic Energy Agency had come to the meeting “in a
constructive spirit and with the desire and intention of finalizing
the paper,” but Iran had imposed new conditions on a deal, Nackaerts
He added that no date for a new meeting between the two sides has
The agency has been seeking a deal with Iran that would allow greater
access to sites, people and documents tied to Tehran´s nuclear
Soltanieh appealed Friday for “time and patience”, AFP reported, and
vowed that Iran was “ready to remove all ambiguities and prove to the
world that our activities are exclusively for peaceful purposes.”
He said, “Let Iran and the IAEA do their work,” adding that “there is
no obstacle” to an accord being struck at a later date.
The planned accord would include agency access to the Parchin
military base near Tehran, where the IAEA believes suspicious
explosives testing was carried out before 2003 and possibly after
New satellite imagery has indicated “extensive activities” at the
base, which “could hamper the agency´s ability to undertake effective
verification” of the site, the IAEA said in a report last month.
Soltanieh dismissed this as politicization by Western countries.
“Whoever raises the issue of Parchin or other sites which is going to
be dealt with in this framework... is just creating a negative
environment, and this is not advisable and this is not conducive,” he
was quoted by AFP as having told journalists.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday that Tehran has
no intention of building nuclear weapons - but fear is not the
reason. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/09/12)
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